The rest of the state may be behind in the minimum wage race, but Nationwide Children’s Hospital is making sure they are leading the pack.
The hospital announced Wednesday that they would be increasing their minimum wage to $15/hour. According to AB6.com, that would mean a paycheck increase for near 1,800 employees with the shift takes place. In addition, another 2,000 employees in similar positions who already make $15 per hour will receive pay increases.
According to reports, Nationwide Children’s Hospital says they are the first hospital in Central Ohio to put a $15/hour minimum wage in place. The hospital says they wanted to acknowledge the importance of a living wage for local residents, as Columbus leaders and the community continue discussions about increasing pay.
“This decision is aligned with our mission and commitment to attracting the best employees at every level of the organization. Our new minimum wage will further strengthen Nationwide Children’s culture of supporting all employees and their ability to deliver best outcomes to the children we serve,” Nationwide Children’s CEO Steve Allen, MD said.